Ready to go pink at NKEC

Annapolis Valley Register - - COMMUNITY - By Sa­man­tha Ben­jamin spe­cial to Kingscountynews.ca Can­ning

NKEC’S an­nual Pink Day is sched­uled for Sept. 21.

Pink Day has been a very im­por­tant day for stu­dents ever since it started at Cen­tral Kings in 2007. NKEC has shown aware­ness ev­ery year since by wear­ing pink shirts to show stu­dents and staff are against bul­ly­ing.

“It is im­por­tant to raise aware­ness for bul­ly­ing and show oth­ers you are not OK with it hap­pen­ing around you,” said NKEC stu­dent Abi­gail Hillier. “Bul­ly­ing still hap­pens ev­ery day, even though we might not see it. So we need to con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence in our school and also in the com­mu­nity and show peo­ple that bul­ly­ing is not OK and never will be.”

The day is a vis­i­ble re­minder, she said.

“I be­lieve that wear­ing these shirts does make a dif­fer­ence at NKEC. Ev­ery year you see more and more peo­ple be­ing nicer to one an­other and apol­o­giz­ing if they were rude to some­one be­fore,” she added.

The shirt sym­bol­izes unity and peo­ple ac­cept­ing one an­other, said Hillier.

Wear­ing the shirt means some­thing dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one, she added. Some wear it be­cause they’ve been bul­lied be­fore, while oth­ers wear it be­cause some­one they love has been bul­lied.

Bul­ly­ing needs to be­come a thing of the past, she added, and for NKEC stu­dents, wear­ing a pink shirt on Sept. 21 is the first step.

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